Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Decorating Store

We offer decorating services in the Leelanau Peninsula. Our studio has fabrics, bedding samples and rug swatches. We offer lamp repair, shades, harps and finials with access to over 1,000 lamps. Furniture painting and repair. Wall paper books are available. Reach out to us at

Friday, February 21, 2020

Rug Swatch Day

Six new rug swatches came in today. 

As I open them up, inside the studio, my eye immediately goes to companion fabrics.  

Stripes on floors, florals all the way around with hand embroidered pillow cases to boot!!

This combination is a lot of bang for your buck! Yellow cushions and the floor painted a dark green in this backyard porch.  

The pairing of fabric and rug is soft and quiet. 

And, of course, this is me!

Six swatches and six different looks. If any of these appeal to your senses, give me a shout at,,  and we will see what we can pull together for you. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Walking To Work Today

This little chair came into the studio with a broken cane seat. My husband will fix it. In the mean time the 14", round, wool hooked, chair pad fits perfectly.

It is a joy to walk into the studio with the light coming through the windows. The colors just pop in the sun shine. 

Save the date!! 

Steve stapled the birdseed bags inside the shed windows, looks adorable and lets the light in as well. 

Bird on a wire. 

So if you would like to stop over and see me...

...and you don't have 4WD...

...just know that it is the A-train to the bottom...

A luge run of sorts!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tabletop Attitude

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I love English pottery. My favorite is Emma Bridgewater. Not being able to order, sell and set the table with her pieces is just about the only thing I miss about having my brick and mortar store!

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Well, I have found a new tabletop line that is knocking my socks off! Carolina Irving and Daughters.
Her table linens and accessories are styling. Her designs are so fresh and brand new. 

Schuyler Samperton on Instagram: “In L💙VE with my new treats! Plates and poppy glasses from @carolinairving_and_daughters mixed with some old favorites. 🌸🌸🌸 #tabletop…”
If I still had my shop her new dish line would be the focal point. 

Portuguese flower dinner plates available online from Cabana magazine
Not grandmothers dowdy table settings for sure. 

I like the combination of the Spode and Blue Willow plates. To me it is so cottage and grandmother had a lot of it. 

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But, I have really never been a fan of either Blue Willow or reproduction Spode. Although, whoever put these last two table settings together did a nice job. They look very comfortable and easy. 

So, there you have it! Mary Ann is developing a new look in her repertoire. Carolina Irving's new table top is crisp, clean and refreshing and definitely casual enough for sandy beaches and big ole fireplaces in our Lake Michigan cottages. 

Grandmothers Blue Willow and Spode will always be treasured but a new guard is coming and the look will change with the generations. I am still an Emma Bridgewater fan for my up north cottages, but I would work with this new line in a heartbeat! 

Gotta love Pinterest!!


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